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Top Ten Beaches in Cornwall

By February 5, 2021April 23rd, 2021No Comments

Cornwall’s mild climate and position in the Atlantic Ocean has created a varied and attractive coastline. This coastline provides a plethora of gorgeous beaches that can easily compete with those in exotic destinations. Smugglers’ coves, long stretches of golden sands, awe-inspiring cliffs and beautiful wildlife flitting through dunes, give guests at CLC Trenython Manor an incredible choice of beach.

At CLC Trenython Manor, we’ve used our local knowledge to select the best beaches in Cornwall.

Cornwall’s best beach? Many say it’s Perranporth for its 2 miles of golden sand fringed with dunes which teem with wildlife, great for glorious photos of butterflies and lizards.

Horse riders can be seen splashing through the surf in the mornings and dog owners can enjoy the sands all day long. There’s a selection of cafés and restaurants dotted along the whole length. With such space, you can escape the crowds close to town and find your own peaceful spot.

Lifeguards patrol during the summer. The water is good for both swimmers and surfers.


If you like to surf, then head for The ‘Home of British Surfing’. South of Newquay, Fistral Beach is a favourite whatever your skills. It hosts Boardmasters festival every August, and the British National Surf Championships. A 45-minute drive from CLC World’s Cornwall resort, there are plenty of places to rent a board if you’re in the mood to catch a wave, or learn the basic skills.


If you’re a photographer of natural beauty, you’ll want to head to Kynance Cove. The local serpentine stone – dark green veined with white and red – next to rugged cliffs and rock formations, wildflowers and a brilliant clear water is picture-perfect.


The other beach in running for top spot as Cornwall’s best beach is Porthcurno Beach. Its soft white sand and proximity to Minack Theatre are two reasons why visitors head there.

Located in the far west of Cornwall, it’s an oasis with turquoise waters, large beach and a stream flowing to the sea – great for the children to paddle in.

Porthcurno has another side to it. As the base for an international submarine communications cable station, cables were buried beneath the beach and across the world’s sea beds. Visit the fascinating Porthcurno Telegraph Museum and explore the tunnels cut into the rock.


Lansallos Beach is also known as West Coombe and is a year-round dog-friendly cove. A few miles west of Polperro, your four-legged friend will relish the clifftop walk before scampering across the sand and rock beach.  A small waterfall on the western side of the beach used to power a small mill. A National Trust car park in Lansallos village has footpath access to the beach from beside the church. It’s just over 30 minutes from CLC Trenython Manor.


On the north coast, 24 miles from the CLC World Cornwall resort, Watergate Bay is one of the largest beaches in the county. Take your camera to capture the amazing rock formations knowns as the Bedruthan Steps. Only a skimmed stone from Padstow, you can enjoy some fresh fish and chips and the quaint harbour town, to make a fabulous day out.


Marazion Beach looks out over the iconic St Michael’s Mount, which is accessible via causeway at low tide. Marazion sits at the end of a long expanse of pebbly sand that stretches all the way back to Penzance. The beach has two moods: when the winds are calm it is the perfect beach for families. When the strong southerly winds whip in, it becomes the destination for windsurfers. Where the beach meets the town – one of the oldest in England – the sand turns to rocky coves.


Enjoy the coastal path walk down to this quiet cove decorated with white sands. On a clear day from this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you can see The Isles of Scilly resting on the horizon. Thought to get its name from Guinevere, wife of the legendary Cornish King Arthur, the beach is a surfers’ haven.


Forget the French Riviera when there’s Porthminster Beach on the doorstep. Just over an hour from CLC Trenython Manor hotel and lodges, the beach is decorated with colourful huts and a cascade of trees to the beach edge. There’s a glorious view across the Godrevy Lighthouse, which inspired Virginia Woolf’s famous novel ‘To the Lighthouse’.


Porthluney Cove Beach is a hidden treasure where you can truly escape. Enjoy a soul-lifting dog walk or soothing swim on a warm day. This privately owned beach in front of Caerhays Castle, near St. Austell is only 16 miles from CLC Trenython Manor.